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Straws movie poster imageDue to inclement weather on Tuesday, March 20, this event will be rescheduled! Stay tuned for updates.

This free public film screening is hosted by the DENIN Ambassadors, a group of volunteer student leaders who work with DENIN to promote and enhance the Institute's mission on campus and in the community. The event is co-sponsored by Plastic Free Delaware.

The screening will serve as the launch for the Ambassadors campaign to reduce plastic straw use in campus dining facilities and Main Street restaurants in Newark.

The running time is 30 minutes. Stay for the discussion and for more resources after the film!

Americans use an estimated 180 billion plastic straws each year. The Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the #5 most found litter item on beaches. They're non-recyclable, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets, and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.


Thursday, March 15, 2018
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Talks: 106 Composites Manufacturing Center
Posters and Reception: Harker ISE Lab Atrium

Planned by students for students, the symposium will include both oral presentations and a poster session with a reception. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best posters. Open to the public.

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The University of Delaware's Fifth Annual Environmental Film Series

Five films that focus on the challenges facing our oceans and coasts: coral bleaching, ocean acidification, plastic and noise pollution, overfishing, and sea level rise. Each film will be followed by a faculty led discussion.

Note that two of the films in the series, Chasing Coral and Tidewater, have been postponed until April due to inclement weather ontheir original screening dates. Click on the link above for the full schedule and the latest details.

Free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environmental and the University of Delaware Library.



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This event is being rescheduled!
Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz will be the guest speaker at a public event, sponsored jointly by the Biden Institute, the Delaware Environmental Institute, and the Delaware Energy Institute at the University of Delaware. The event was originally announced for Feb. 6, but is being rescheduled so that former Vice President Joe Biden is also able to participate. We will post updated information here once we have arranged a new date and time. 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00–8:30 p.m.
Harker ISE Lab Atrium

Pitch:90 is a fast-paced elevator pitch contest in which student contestants showcase their research in 90 seconds or less to a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience.

NO props, NO slides, ONLY words. 

A photo of Al Gore with a quote from a review by Associated Press writer Jocelyn Noveck: The message of this sequel is twofold: urgency and hope.Thursday, October 26
Trabant Theatre, Trabant University Center
University of Delaware Newark campus

Film screening at 5:00 p.m.
Live webcast Q&A with Al Gore at 6:45 p.m.
Free and open to the public. 


The DENIN Ambassadors are hosting a multimedia student art show based on the theme
Environmental Activism: What On Earth Do You Stand Up For?

Now the entires will be presented as part of the DENIN Scholars Research Symposium
Thursday, May 4, 2017
3–5:00 p.m.
Harker ISE Lab Atrium


“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  — Mahatma Gandhi

The DENIN Ambassadors are sponsoring the fourth annual DENIN student video competition during the month of April — Earth Month at UD. This year, the competition will be a social media event.

Photo of Just Eat It filmmakersJust Eat It: A Food Waste Story

The DENIN Ambassadors student group will host a free screening of the film Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story on Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Harker ISE Lab atrium.

Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsessions with expiration dates, perfect produce, and portion sizes and reveals the core of an issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe as nearly half of our food is thrown in the trash.

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin dive into the issue of food waste from farm through retail and all the way back to their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on food that has been discarded.

Cross-Boundary Approaches in Innovating Energy and Environmental Solutions

This public lecture series, co-sponsored by DENIN and the Office of the Provost at the University of Delaware, welcomes to campus international thought leaders who are addressing the complex challenges of meeting human needs for energy and environmental security and sustainability in innovative ways.

International Year of Soils

Monday, December  7,  2105
noon - 4:00 p.m.
Trabant University Center

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) will host an event in celebration of the International Year of Soils from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, in the Trabant University Center.

The University of Delaware community is invited to stop by DENIN’s booth near the food court to play soil-related trivia, enter the “Pay Dirt” raffle, pot a plant to take home, and sample the special “DENIN Dirt” ice cream flavor concocted by the UDairy Creamery.

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Friday, October 30, 2015
4–5:30 p.m.
Mitchell Hall
Free and open to the public.

Fabio Feldmann has devoted his life to protecting and improving the environmental sustainability of his native Brazil, a goal he has pursued relentlessly in every possible arena, from business to politics to NGOs. His visionary leadership has left its mark on Brazilian law and society and on the world stage. He is a winner of the United Nations' Global 500 award, which recognizes the environmental achievements of individuals and organizations around the world.

Feldmann will be interviewed onstage at Mitchell Hall by Dan Parke, director general of Agência Estado, Latin America’s largest real-time news agency, based in São Paulo, Brazil. Parke is a University of Delaware alumnus and member of DENIN’s external advisory board. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow the interview. You can suggest questions ahead of time or during the presentation via Twitter, using the hashtag #DENINtalk.

This presentation will be available remotely via live video streaming and archived afterward.


The DENIN Ambassadors are pleased to announce their fourth annual environmental video competition. The theme of this year’s competition is “My Changing Environment.” Videos entered in the competition should reflect a personal journey by the filmmaker, including observations they've made about their environment through their lifetime.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
4:00 p.m. lecture
5:00 p.m. reception
Gore Recital Hall, Roselle Center for the Arts
Newark, Delaware
Free and open to the public.

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A video recording of this talk is now available here!

Pamela Matson, the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, will be the inaugural speaker in DENIN's new Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series designed to highlight leading academic thinkers in the environmental sciences and engineering.

Her talk, entitled "Science for a Sustainability Transition: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution," will be followed by a reception in the lobby of the Roselle Center for the Arts.

To help meet the needs of a still-growing and more-consuming human population while at the same time protecting the planetary life support systems, scientists are increasingly engaging in use-inspired fundamental research that both improves understanding and supports decision making. This talk will present the results of biophysical and social science research in an intensive wheat-growing region of Mexico to illustrate how new knowledge of the coupled human-environmental system, effectively linked to decision-making, can aid in a transition to sustainability. 

In addition to the main evening event, Matson will take part in several other interactions with University of Delaware faculty and students:

Presentation to the UD Strategic Planning Committee, Thought Leader Speaker Series:
"Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainability Transition: The Role of Universities in Leading Change"
Thursday, October 30
10:00–11:45 a.m., Trabant University Center Theater
Open to the University of Delaware communityand the public; this talk will also be recorded.

Student and Faculty Discussion Sessions & Luncheon
Friday, October 31
467 ISE Lab
9:00–10:00 a.m., undergraduates
10:00–11:00 a.m., graduate students
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., luncheon with students (invitation only)
1:30–2:30 p.m., faculty

Join us for some refreshments and informal conversation with Dr. Matson. Seating is limited, so please contact Amy Slocum (graduate students and faculty) or Beth Chajes (undergraduates) if you are interested in meeting with Dr. Matson on Friday.


In January 2014, DENIN awarded its first-ever Environmental Frontier Grants to four teams of UD faculty who proposed interdisciplinary environmental research projects designed to lay the groundwork for future proposals to outside granting agencies. In this seminar series, we've asked the principal investigators on each grant to share their progress with the DENIN community as well as others interested in their research topics. Seminars are free and open to the public. Each will take place from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in 302 ISE Lab.